AmeriCorps VISTA


Minnesota Literacy Council offers two types of Americorps VISTA opportunities: yearlong Minnesota Literacy Leadership Program and Summer Reads. VISTA members help schools, nonprofits and public agencies across Minnesota improve their ability to provide high-quality literacy services that empower individuals and families to move out of poverty. At the same time, VISTA members build their leadership skills and networks, explore new career paths, pay for college and become lifelong advocates for the communities they serve. 


Which VISTA Program is right for you?

Minnesota Literacy Leadership Program

  • Serve one year starting late summer or early fall

  • Serve in the Metro Twin Cities or Greater Minnesota

  • Receive a living allowance and other benefits

  • Work behind the scenes in programs serving the literacy needs of low-income communities

  • Gain training, skills, and experience in program development, volunteer engagement, program evaluation and fundraising

Summer Reads

  • Serve for 8 weeks, from June to August.

  • Can serve in the Metro Twin Cities or Greater Minnesota.

  • Receive a living allowance, training and earn an end-of-service education award.

  • Provide direct service to K-3 children from low-income and immigrant and refugee families.

  • Help children improve their reading and literacy skills.

  • Gain training, skills and experience in tutoring, youth engagement, and child development.


Interested in volunteering with our national service programs?

VISTA Advisory Group

The Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA Advisory Group supports the mission of the literacy council’s AmeriCorps VISTA national service programs. Advisory Group volunteers help identify potential new host sites, provide input on how VISTA resources can be used as a cost-effective solution to community needs, and review and select new host site applications. 

Time commitment: 3 meetings plus about 10 hours of time spent on own reviewing application materials (December 10, 2019; February 11, 2020; February 28, 2020)

Location: participation can be by conference call or in-person (Minnesota Literacy Council main office, St Paul)

Contact: Meghan Paul-Cook,, 651-251-9069